Don Braden has performed as a leader or as a sideman in a vast array of venues. Concert halls include Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, McDonald's All American High School Band), Lincoln Center (Illinios Jacqueet Big Band, 1993 Battle Royale, Mos Def), Symphoy Hall in Boston (Wynton Marsalis) among many, many others. Club appearances include countless performances in New York's Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil (Sweet Rhythm), Birdland, and many others in the Americas, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia. Braden has also been a featured artist at many universities, such as Harvard, Duke, University of Southern Florida, University of Louisville, Princeton, North Netherlands Conservatoire, William Paterson University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Wellesley College and many others. Television appearances include Saturday Night Live, David Brenner, Joan Rivers (all with Wynton Marsalis), and several others.
Gigs


Upcoming Performance Schedule
As of October 20, 2017

2017

October 20:  Peaceful Henry's Moment's Notice Jazz Series, Bluffton, SC, with guitarist Howard Paul and bassist Terry Miller.

October 22: Don is proud to be the Music Director of New Jersey Jazz Society's 45th Anniversary Celebration: Bebop and Beyond, featuring special honoree Bucky Pizzarelli.

October 25: The Zinc Bar, NYC, with the Eddie Allen "Aggregation" Big Band

October 28: Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ with the Don Braden Quartet, performing the Earth Wind and Wonder CD repertoire (jazz arrangements of music from Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder)

October 31, 7:30pm: City Sports Grille At Spare Time Northampton, Northampton, MA. Don featured with Paul Arslanian on piano, George Kaye on bass and Jon Fisher on drums.

November 5, 4pm: Dordtse Jazz Club, Dordrecht, Netherlands, with the Trio of Liberty (Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute)

November 6-10: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

November 7: Leeuwarden, Netherlands

November 9-20: European Tour with the Trio of Liberty (Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute). See www.JorisTeepe.com for more info.
11/9, 4pm: Jazz Affairs, Hoorn, Netherlands
11/11, 5pm: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven, Netherlands
11/12, 3pm: De nieuwe Poort, Amsterdam, Netherlands
11/16, 7pm: Center for Cultural projects of Bucharest Town Hall, Bucharest, Romania
11/18, 7pm: Parkstad Limburg Theater, Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands
11/20, 6pm: American Drumschool The Hague, Wassenaar, Netherlands

November 29: The Zinc Bar, NYC, with the Eddie Allen "Aggregation" Big Band

December 1: Small's Jazz Club, NYC, with the Trio of Liberty (Joris Teepe on bass, Don on tenor sax and flute, and TBA on drums)

December 7: Small's Jazz Club, NYC, with the Jill McCarron Quartet

December 8: Shanghai Jazz, Madison, NJ with Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k), with Oscar Perez on keyboards and Calvin Jones on bass.

December 30: Kitano Jazz Club, NYC, with Marlene Verplanck


2018

January 26, NAMM Show Jazz Jam, Annahiem, CA, Hosted by JodyJazz

Febraury 2 -- Release of Don's CD Earth Wnd and Wonder

March 8: Byram Shubert Public Library, Greenwich, CT, with the Peter Hand Quintet

March 19-23: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

April 8: Jazz in the Loft, South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), with the Don Braden Quartet

April 28: Don is proud to be the Music Director of Bright Moments, Celebrating Dorthaan at 80, at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. Featuring  Jimmy Heath, Cassandra WIlson and many others.

May 14, 7:30pm: City Sports Grille At Spare Time Northampton, Northampton, MA. Don featured with Paul Arslanian on piano, George Kaye on bass and Jon Fisher on drums.

May 21: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, with the Don Braden Group

Don Braden Performing Ensembles:
- Don Braden Quartet: Brandon McCune - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group: Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group featuring Vanessa Rubin: Vanessa Rubin - vocals,  Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Big Fun(k): Karl Latham - drums, Nick Rolfe - keyboards, Gary Foote/Chulo Gatewood/Mark Peterson - bass
- Braden Michels Project: Julie Michels - vocals, Dave Restivo - piano, Keiran Overs - bass, Daniel Barnes - drums
- Braden/Rapp Project: Mark Rapp - trumpet, Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Alvin Atkinson - drums
- Contemporary Standards Ensemble (various musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums)

Don Braden as a Special Guest -- With his extensive high-level Jazz experience, positive energy, excitement and musicality, Braden is an outstanding guest soloist for any kind of ensemble.  He's great with young people and pros alike.  He has over 15 big band charts at various levels available, as well as 4 pieces for full symphonic orchestra (with Jazz quartet.)